Burger King Announces Plans To Add Hot Dogs To Their Menu

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(PCM) Burger King has revealed that they are now looking to capture another crown and have announced plans to add flame-grilled hot dogs to their menu beginning on February 23rd. With the launch, Burger King restaurants will serve hot dogs in more restaurants than any other restaurant chain in the U.S.! The company feels that it is a natural fit for their brand and when the hot dogs were offered in various test markets, they performed very well with consumers.

The new Grilled Hot Dogs will be a permanent menu items for Burger King restaurants.  The Grilled Dogs will be available in both the Classic Grilled Dog and the Chili Cheese Grilled Dog. The Classic Grilled Dog is a flame-grilled hot dog made with 100% beef topped, with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions and relish, served on a fluffy baked bun. The Chili Cheese Grilled Dog is the same beef hot dog topped with warm chili, shredded cheddar cheese and served on a fluffy baked bun. Both are sold separately or as a combo meal.

To get workers excited, Burger King even enlisted Snoop Dogg and Charo to star in training videos for making the hot dogs, however those training videos are not made for public viewing, but only for internal use. Something tells us those will leak out sometime in the near future!

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NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY (February 11th)

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(PCM) Today we showcase the delicious mint and chocolate combo that’s been inspiring wintery-fresh sensations for generations of candy lovers.

Though variations on the dynamic choco-mint duo have long been available by commercial confectionaries, perhaps the most well-known is the York Peppermint Patty, first manufactured in 1940 in York, Pennsylvania.

It isn’t clear why February 11th is set aside to celebrate the candy, other than perhaps its proximity to a certain romantic, chocolate-friendly holiday.

Contrary to popular belief, comic strip artist Charles Schultz did not intend his character, Patricia “Peppermint Patty” (the beloved tomboy of the Peanuts’ gang) to be associated with the patty candy. Though Ms. Patty was socially refreshing (the pants-wearing, athletic girl from a single-parent family was created in response to the feminist movement of the late 1960s), Schultz claims it was a bowl of classic peppermints that inspired her name.

However, the Peppermint Patty has inspired various cocktails involving – you guessed it – combinations of mint- and chocolate-flavored liqueurs. Sounds delicious! Maybe we should all pour a glass tonight and toast to York, PA and Charles Schultz. Happy National Peppermint Patty Day!

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Ash Wednesday and Lent

lent-wordcloud_2Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent a time of penance fasting and prayer for Catholics and for some Protestant denominations.

Ash Wednesday is the opening day of Lent on this day some Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of penance.  With the ashes the Priest may say “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.

The tradition of receiving ashes can be traced back to the second century.  The receiving of ashes is an admission of sin and a desire to repent.

Sin is an archery term and it means to miss the mark.  Anyone who falls short of God’s commands has sinned or missed the mark and needs to repent.

To repent needs to turn away from our sin and, go the other direction, stopping the sinful activity.

Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting.  Fasting goes back to the time of the ancient Jews.  It is a part of repentance but it is also a time of pleading with God for his intervention.

For Catholics ashes must be received at Mass.  They can be washed off after the Mass but many prefer to wear them as a reminder throughout the day.  The ashes themselves are made from the blessed palm from the previous Palm Sunday.

Behavior after the receiving the ashes is important to.  Many people do not go to work after receiving the ashes.  This is actually not a time to be seen in public.  It is a day of fasting and so a meal at restaurant is not considered appropriate, neither is going to the mall or a movie.  This time should be spent on prayer and listening for God’s voice in your life.

Lent is commonly referred to as the forty days prior to Easter.  This is however not completely true as the days of lent do not include Sundays.  So the total days of lent is actually 46.

Lent is a time of reflection fasting and prayer.  Many people may find themselves giving time and money to missions or volunteering for other types of human service projects.

Some of the early church Father’s of the fifth century believed that the celebration of lent began with the apostles.  Whenever it began its purpose is to draw us closer to God.

The customs of lent vary, many people choose to give up something they love like candy or cheeseburgers, in some cases giving up meat all together is not out of the question.  The purpose of giving these things up is not to make us suffer or uncomfortable but to make more time for God by making our own lives simpler.  Society today is so complex that the giving up of things for a period of time is not a bad thing.

For instance 46 days of no social media, no cell phone, no computer or electronic games, no TV or fast food could easily give a family the time to get to know each other better.

In the time before the Second World War in Catholic Countries Lent was a much harder time to observe.  There were no animal products allowed at all.  Today’s Vegans would have no trouble with this.  There would be one meal a day and that a vegetable soup.  But there was a purpose to this.  The purpose was to use the extra time in prayer and meditation and the money that you did not spend on meals went to the poor.

The putting away of things or food that take up our time is really a positive thing, and if thought about not really a hardship.  The purpose is to get to know God better.  It is only a little more than 50 years since the Vatican Council met and allowed Catholics to read their Bibles as well as hear the Mass in English.  A whole new world of spirituality is opened up to us during the season of lent.  Slow down, listen, pray and reach for God.  He’s waiting to reach for you.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Romantics, Foodies, Athletes and More

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There’s still time to buy (or make!) your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift they will remember long after the chocolates are gone. Sure, a box of chocolates and flowers are always appreciated (especially roses and chocolate-covered anything), but step outside the box a little and show your Valentine how much they mean to you with a gift that’s unique and special for them.

For the romantic:

Candles, chocolates, flowers…you know the deal: Romantic women love the most traditional of Valentine’s Day gifts, but that also means you better not forget, and you better be romantic about it! Instead of waiting for a table at an expensive restaurant, go all out and have a romantic dinner for two at home. The more effort you put into it the better, so set the mood with candles, roses, and of course, a homemade dinner for two.

For the foodie:

Foodies are fun and easy to please – as long as it tastes good! If you’re talented, or even mediocre in the kitchen, whip up something that will amaze your Valentine’s taste buds and touch their heart with your effort. Whether it’s an exquisite three-course dinner or a simple dessert like cheesecake or creme brulee, it’ll be a Valentine’s Day your sweetheart won’t forget.

Afraid you’ll burn down the kitchen? Melt some chocolate in the microwave and start dipping! The higher quality the chocolate, the better it’ll taste, so forget Hershey’s and other 99 cent bars. Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas, apricots, pretzels, or whatever you’re Valentine fancies. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

For the athlete:

Working out can get ugly, and that may pose a serious fashion faux pas for the most stylish of gym rats. Sure, you can always give her more sports bras, workout tees, and other not-so-sexy gifts, but unless you can find heart-print sports bras and socks, or go for an all pink ensemble, none of that is very Valentine’s Day appropriate. And let’s face it, it’s not always easy to pick out clothes for women.

Instead, go the tech route! Bring out her stylish side with some fashionable, yet functional ear buds! chicBuds Arts are the latest new fashion accessory for the music-loving, workout-obsessed fashionistas – and we absolutely love them! The cord is actually printed in either zebra, leopard or graffiti designs. And unlike regular earphone cords that wrap together to form a tangled mess, these feature no-mess flat cords. Perfect for working out without looking like a tangled, hot mess, and a gift that your fitness and/or music-loving Valentine will love.

Let’s not forget about the spa. A couples massage is a great idea for any couple on Valentine’s Day, but will be especially appreciated by an athlete. Strapped for cash? You know where we’re going with this…pull out the lotion or oils, light some candles, and go to work on your loved one’s over-worked bod.

For the sentimental:

Nothing will touch your sentimental sweetie more than a personalized gift. Have something engraved, whether it’s a jewelry box, wine glass, or even a custom phone case! You can create a case with a photograph of you and your significant other, displaying your love right where everyone can see it. So sweet!

Or go all out and start a scrapbook for your lady (or man!). It’s not as hard as you’d think – just go to a craft store and pick out the basics: a scrapbook and it’s accompanying paper, stickers, pens, etc. Then print out anywhere from 10-15 photographs, and you’re on your way to a beautiful, creative display of your love. What sentimental, romantic Valentine wouldn’t love that?

For the professional:

Initialed cuff links are a great gift for the business man in your life, as is a new briefcase, wallet, or even a nice watch – just stay away from the heart-printed ties and boxers.

For your guy, from the hot and camera-ready:

This may not be for the shy, timid, or body-conscious…but it’s definitely a gift that your man, and even you, will appreciate for years to come. Grab your VS lingerie and find the nearest “boudoir photography studio.” That’s right – take a professional, sexy picture for the man in your life. Women who have done this LOVE it, and say it makes them feel more confident and sexy than ever before, and even see themselves in a whole new light. “I never knew I could look like that,” says one woman.  Some professional photographers will even do house calls, so you can feel better about posing in the comfort of your own home. Give it a try!

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Starbucks Unveils Special Valentine’s Day Themed Drinks

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(PCM) What says love more than coffee and chocolate? Seriously, can it get any better than that!

As Valentine’s Day nears, Starbucks invites customers to get together with loved ones and friends to try three new chocolate beverages. Beginning February 8 , participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will offer a trio of Starbucks Molten Chocolate beverages through February 14. So, definitely be sure to get your love a sweet treat before they’re gone!

Check out the delicious varieties below:

Molten Chocolate Latte: Chocolaty chips are melted into espresso, then topped with steamed milk combined with bittersweet mocha sauce. This latte is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle. It’s available hot and iced.

Molten Chocolate Frappuccino® Blended Beverage: Coffee with rich mocha sauce and chocolaty chips blended with milk and ice. This beverage is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle.

Molten Hot Chocolate: Bittersweet mocha sauce and chocolaty chips melted into steamed milk for a smooth and creamy taste. Mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and espresso mocha drizzle tops off the beverage.

Totally on our way to Starbucks now! Yum!

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National Bagel Day / National Bagel and Lox Day (February 9th)

 

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(PCM) The origins of National Bagel Day / National Bagel and Lox Day are unclear, as is an explanation for why the latter became the former in recent years . Why would anyone want to pass over lox?

The origins of bagels and lox are less of a mystery.

The bagel is so much a part of the American breakfast experience you’d think it was invented here; but actually this ring-shaped bread is an import of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe, made popular in cities with large immigrant populations like New York or Montreal. From the German word for “bracelet” or “bangle”, bagels are distinctive for their taste (slightly sweet, derived from barley-malt) and texture (chewy on the inside with a toasty, often shiny exterior), but most of all for their hole-in-the-middle, which allows for even baking, easy window displays, and fun-time finger twirling.

Traditional bagels often come with baked-on toppings such as onions, poppy or sesame seeds or salt, though there are many other varieties to choose from, both sweet and savory—and plain is perfectly okay too. Great for snacking or sandwiches as well as a breakfast food, favorite bagel toppings include butter, jelly and/or peanut butter, or really anything that gets your taste buds rolling – including, of course, lox and cream cheese.

Lox, or brined salmon, has ancient roots: coastal cultures, notably native Americans and Scandinavian peoples, have long used sea salt to preserve and season their food. Though similar to smoked salmon (also good on bagels) lox is distinct in that it is never cooked, only salt-cured, thus it has a smoother, cleaner texture.

Lox became associated with European Jewish culture in recent centuries, and was brought to the United States by immigrants who, in typical American fashion, fused it with English cream cheese, Mediterranean capers and tomatoes, and the wholesome hole-some bagel. Though an iconic New York treat, bagels and lox are today enjoyed coast to coast, because why should the Big Apple have all the fun?

And now this delicious dish has its own holiday. Or not… I mean, you could just celebrate the bagel. I guess. But that just seems fishy to me.

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